Education and training is an important contributor to the 3Rs and is aimed at increasing the quality of both animal welfare and science.
The Platform provides a forum for exchanging information on laboratory animal science education and training therefore helping to establish mutually recognised training courses. Successful completion of such a harmonised course enables working with laboratory animals and promotes free movement of competent personnel in the EU.
The Education & Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science (ETPLAS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2-year grant from the European Commission (DG Environment) for a Pilot Project ‘Promoting alternatives to animal testing through accessible and harmonised education & training’.
ETPLAS will develop an IT platform that will deliver tools to enable course organisers to assess whether those persons carrying out procedures on animals have met the required level of competence in theoretical and practical skills.
The Action has 5 key Activities which will build to deliver this objective:
Each of these Activities will be delivered through working groups with representatives of stakeholders from the LAS community such as course providers and members of accrediting bodies. Early in the New Year a call will be announced for nominations to the first three working groups.
ETPLAS is grateful to the Commission for recognising the importance of this work and providing funds to deliver a much needed piece of work.
Chair Steering Committee ETPLAS